Hi I'm Josh
I am 19 years old. I am a sophmore at BYU Provo, and it is amazing. I have two brothers and one sister and a mom and dad and I love them all. I am about to serve a mission in San Fernando California. I will serve in the Spanish Language. I am so excited and eager to serve these people and the Lord. I am a person of many different interests. I absolutely love music. Nothing can motivate me or excite me more than some good music. I also play music. I play piano, guitar, and I can play any saxophone you put in my hands. My favorite to play is the baritone sax, but my dream is to play the 6 ft. tall contrabass sax. I also love the outdoors. I am a cross country runner, and I hope to run a marathon sometime soon. When I run a race, nothing matters to me except passing the next person. When I run, the word quit is no longer in my vocabulary. I'm also a hiker, biker, spelunker, swimmer and scuba diver. All of these activities I get to do with my Boy Scout troop. When I'm with my troop I always have fun. I am also an Eagle Scout. Even though I love the outdoors though, I love video games. My best friend and I are the best Super Smash Bros duo you will ever meet. I love life. I believe that life should be lived to the fullest, with no anger or grudges. Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues I believe a person can have. I know that the time you have with people is to fleeting to be taken lightly. Life is meant to be lived.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because the standards I learn in my church teach me how to be the best person I can possibly be. Having these standards help me avoid nasty addictions and habits like drugs, pornography, swearing and many others. Being a Mormon also means being happy. Being happy is what I am. Living with a happy and a ‘seize the day’ attitude is the best way to live life. I don't mean that we should act like tomorrow is the end of the world and just do what we want, but that we should be happy with our lives, and do what we can to enjoy the good times and the bad ones. I also love being a Mormon because of the service I do as a member of this church. I have gone to homes for the elderly, infirm and mentally handicapped and I have felt some of the greatest joy when I see the love in those people's faces. Service is how we can follow the example of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (or Mormon Church) is not only a church of happiness and service, but also a church of hope. Hope for a better life after this one, hope for forgiveness of our sins, and hope for seeing our loved ones after we all pass away. When I was six years old, I lost my best friend. He died without warning and I never had a chance to say goodbye. But the hope that this church gives has let me know that I will see him again. When I pass on from this life I know he and all my other loved ones will be there to embrace and welcome me. All this is why I am a Mormon.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I am writing this the day before I leave on my mission. Tomorrow I will be in the Missionary Training Center where I will be learning how to preach the gospel. After six weeks of being taught how to be a missionary and how to speak the Spanish language I will leave for California. People ask me why I am going all the time. The ask if I am being paid and I say "No, I'm actually paying for this", and they get a little shocked. They don't completely understand why I would be doing this for two years. Well, for those of you who read this, I want you to know that I am doing this because I love my Father in Heaven. I have been commanded by him through his prophets to go, and I will because I love him but it is more than that. It is also because when I love my Heavenly Father I gain a love for people around me and that love is what drives me to share the gospel with them. This gospel is the greatest gift I can give to others, it is worth more than all the money in the world. This gift is so great that I can not bear to keep it to myself, I must share the joy and peace I feel with others. That is why I will serve a mission.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing the best I can in all my activities. I am a Boy Scout, and I have earned the rank of Eagle. I am a straight A honors student, and I participate in various school activities. I go to all the church activities I can, including dances. These are my favorite, because I just love to dance in a clean and safe environment, free from all the 'ickyness' of the school dances. In my stake, I am a member of youth council, and help make decisions that influence the youth of our area. In my ward, I am the first assistant among the Priests, which means I conduct meetings and try to be the very best leader I can. In today's world of degenerating values and standards, it has becoming especially difficult to tell what is right and wrong. The guidelines of my faith help me keep a focus on the right, so I don't fall into the wrong. Some believe that the Mormon Church is a fence between members and all this 'fun stuff'. In reality, I have come to realize that these standards are actually the guardrail that keeps us from driving off the cliff. That guardrail that is our church has helped me do what is right, like serving others, loving people and repenting of my sins. It has also kept me away from the terrible stuff of the world, like drugs, swearing, premarital sex, gossip, envy and hatred. I know that the Mormon Church and the standards it teaches is the way to live in true happiness.